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Prospectus

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Language acquisition Spanish I

Course
2017-2018

Admission requirements

Enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Leiden or another Dutch university.
Only students who are pursuing Minor in Latin American Studies can enroll for this course until August 1st. After August 1st, the course will also be open for other students.

Description

This is the first of the two language proficiency courses in Spanish under the Minor programme in Latin American Studies.
Communicative language proficiency course in Spanish in which all skills (reading, writing, listening, spoken production and spoken interaction), including grammar and vocabulary, are integrated. Following the levels and can-do-statements of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), seminars are designed according to the action-based approach and the students´ proficiency is aimed at A2 level. During seminars, all topics will be discussed through written and oral texts, video or audio fragments and role-plays. Students work individually, in pairs or small groups. The students´ active attitude towards preparation for and participation during seminars is crucial in order to be able to meet the learning outcomes of the course.

Course objectives

This course covers key skills of listening comprehension, speaking (oral expression and interaction), reading comprehension and writing. By the end of the course, students will have achieved the A2 level in the mentioned skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Timetable

Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total workload 10 ECTS x 28 hours = 280 hours.

  • Attending lectures: 4 hours per week, 13 weeks: 52 hours

  • Assessment: 5 hours

  • Self-study outside class schedule: (Studying literature, preparation of (vocabulary, reading and writing) tasks for the portfolio and preparation for written and oral exams): 223 hours

(This means the student should dedicate, on an average, around 17 hours weekly to developing his/her skills in Spanish outside class hours during the semester.)

Assessment method

Assessment

The final grade will be the result of the weight of the following components:

  • Written exams: Midterm: 30% and Final: 40%

  • Listening comprenhension test: 10%

  • Oral exam: 20%

Oral exam consists of two parts: question-and-answer/interview type and interaction about particular daily or specific situations with another student or the teacher/s.

Written exams (Midterm and Final) consist of three parts:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Grammar and Vocabulary

  • Writing

If one or both components are failing, the students must take and pass the corresponding resit exam/s. Otherwise, the final grade for the course will be 5 or lower.

Weighing

The final grade will be the result of the weight of the following components:

  • Written exams: Midterm: 30% and Final: 40%

  • Listening comprenhension test: 10%

  • Oral exam: 20%

Oral exam consists of two parts: question-and-answer/interview type and interaction about particular daily or specific situations with another student or the teacher/s.

Written exams (Midterm and Final) consist of three parts:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Grammar and Vocabulary

  • Writing

If one or both components are failing, the students must take and pass the corresponding resit exam/s. Otherwise, the final grade for the course will be 5 or lower.

Resit

Resit for relevant component: written exam/oral exam.
To pass the course, both written and oral components should be passing marks, regardless of the weighted final mark.

Exam review

The date of exam review will be announced in Blackboard.

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

  • Gente hoy 1. Libro del alumno. Ed. Difusión. 2013 (Intertaal and Talenland)
    ISBN 9788415620785

  • Gente hoy 1. Libro de trabajo. Ed. Difusión. 2013 (Intertaal and Talenland)
    ISBN 9788415620792

  • Grammatica kort en bondig Spaans. Y. Mateos Ortega. Uitg. Intertaal

  • Gramática básica del estudiante de español. Rosario Alonso Raya, Alejandro Castañeda Castro, Pablo Martínez Gila. Editorial Difusión

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs

Contact

For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr. G. Inzaurralde

Coordinator of Studies: A.C. Wapenaar MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats

Remarks

80% compulsory attendance. Students are expected to participate actively in discussions during seminars and to duly carry out all assignments in and outside class. Students who do not meet the 80% attendance requirement will not be allowed to take the exams. Both excused and unexcused absences are included in the 20% margin. Exceptions to this should be approved by both the lecturer and the LAS study coordinator.